College Principal’s Report

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Aspiring Leader Award

Congratulations to Ms Lauren Kelly-Head of Learning Growth who was presented with the VASSP (Victorian Association of State Secondary Principals) Marion Heale Aspiring Leader Award at the VASSP State General Meeting which was held last week. Lauren was presented with her award by Mrs Judy Crowe, Board Director of Bank First. I had the pleasure of attending along with Mrs Julie Cain Campus Principal-Senior School to see Lauren achieve her award. Well done Lauren!

 

Year 9 Explore Program

 Our Year 9 students thoroughly enjoyed the Explore Program based in the city this week. For many of our students they have not had the opportunity to explore the CBD due to the last two year of lockdowns. I would like to thank Ms Bec Kosach Middle Subschool Leader and her team for organising this event and all the teachers who volunteered to take part in this program.

 

Regional Cross Country

Congratulations to all of our students who competed at the regional cross country last Tuesday. Five students have now qualified for the state competition. Congratulations to Noah B Year 8 and Izak B Year 11who both won their events and Tharul H Year 8 who came second. Hayden V and Aaron C Year 8 will also compete in the team event. Special thanks to Mr Gwynne and Mr Jay Newport our Sports Leaders and Mr Jacob Myers for accompanying our students on the day.

 

College Raffle

Special thanks to Mrs Narda McLennan, Mrs Kari Simmons and Mr Bill Thomas who have been working hard on sourcing some great prizes for our College Raffle this year. Some fantastic prizes have been donated towards this fundraiser. Each student and staff member in the college will be sent a Compass alert at the start of next term with a link to purchase these tickets online.  Please support the college by buying tickets.  Money raised will be used to support student led initiatives.

 

Ritchies – Community Benefits 

We encourage all members of our learning community to join the new Ritchies Card program by either using a phone and downloading the Ritchies Card App from the App store or Google Play, or by going online to www.ritchies.com.au/loyalty using a tablet or desk top computer. You can then pick up a physical card available from the friendly cashiers in-store, which you can link to your online account.

Once you have set up your account you can nominate Mount Waverley Secondary College as your preferred beneficiary.

I encourage all parents/carers to patronise Ritchies Supermarkets and access a new Ritchies Card. Each time you shop at Ritchies you will be actively contributing to your child’s education by helping us continue to provide quality resources throughout the college.

 

 

Senior Secondary Certificate Reform

Victoria’s senior secondary education is changing. From 2023, the new VCE Vocational Major will replace Intermediate and Senior VCAL. This means the VCE will recognise different students equally. The new Victorian Pathways Certificate (VPC) will replace Foundation VCAL. Students will have more education choices, a higher-quality curriculum and better workplace experiences – preparing them for further study, training at TAFE or work.

From 2023, more students will study the VCE. That is because the VCE will include the Vocational Major, a 2-year program that sits within the VCE. There will also be the Victorian Pathways Certificate for those who need flexibility in their learning. A new information and awareness campaign, Many Talents, One VCE will roll out explaining the changes.

The changes are a result of the Review into Vocational and Applied Learning Pathways in Senior Secondary Schooling (the Firth review). The review found we needed to improve vocational learning in schools. Schools currently offering VCAL will switch to the VCE Vocational Major from 2023. Some schools that do not offer VCAL will expand their options to include the VCE Vocational Major. Teachers and careers counsellors are available to answer questions and to support students as they make decisions about their final years at school. Now students will have greater access to high-quality, relevant vocational education and applied learning opportunities. For more information, go to vic.gov.au/oneVC

 

End of Semester 1

It has been a busy time with a lot to get through.  I would like to thank all the teachers for the great work achieved this semester.  Special thanks to the teachers who prepared their students for mid-year examinations.  Many extra classes were held (some out of hours) and this demonstrates the dedication of the staff at this school.  Semester 2 classes begin next Monday 20 June.

 

Semester 1 Reports

Semester 1 reports will be available via Compass during the term break on the evening of Monday 27 June.  Please make the time to discuss your student’s progress with them, both areas of strength and areas for improvement.  Congratulations to those students who achieved excellent results this semester.

 

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Student/Teacher conferences are being held remotely for VCE students on Thursday 14 July (Week 1 – Term 3). These interviews will be conducted via Webex Meetings. Please note these interviews relate to Semester 1 subjects only. As there are only 30 spaces for each teacher, if you can’t make an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact teachers via email if you would like further feedback. On Thursday 8  September  we will be holding a whole day of interviews for Years 7-12 students.

 

Happy Holidays

Have a well-deserved break everyone and enjoy time with your family and friends. A reminder that we will have a 2.30pm dismissal next Friday 24 June. Term 3 begins on Monday 11 July.  Stay well, take care and I will see you next term.

 

 

Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal – Senior School

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Reports

The Semester One reports will be sent via Compass in the first week of the term break – Monday 27 June. Parents and carers will be able to gain an overview of the assessment tasks students have completed and their child’s Learning behaviours and for Years 7 to 10 their Victorian Curriculum levels. The reports provide information and strategies for your child to work on in second semester.

I would like to thank all of the teachers who have had a busy few weeks preparing and marking exams, marking SACs and CATs, moderating student work and completing reports. Much of this work is completed out of school hours and on weekends to ensure students get results and that reports are completed in a timely manner.

I would also like to acknowledge the hard work of Mr Tim Peter (Head of Curriculum), the faculty heads and Mr Andrew Wallace who have overseen and worked with staff on the reporting process.

 

Years 9, 10 and 11 Exams and Year 12 SAC Weeks

Thanks to all of the staff who were involved in writing and developing assessment tasks and exams, supervising exams and SACs and then marking them during the past few weeks.
A special thanks to the Middle and Senior Subschool Teams for all of their hard work and Mr Scott Smith (Timetabler and Daily Organiser) for his work in putting together the supervision rosters.

 

VCE Units Two and Four

Semester Two starts next week (Monday 20 June). Information has been given to students regarding coursework requirements for their VCE units. This will support the work students need to complete to obtain a satisfactory result for each unit outcome. It is important that students work towards developing or improving their study habits and complete all assigned coursework and classwork in second semester to ensure that they satisfactorily complete each subject.

 

VCE Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent teacher conferences for VCE students will take place in the first week of term three on Thursday 14 July between 4 pm and 7.30 pm. Parents will receive information about the booking process. All interviews will again be held virtually via WebEx.

 

2023 – Introduction of the Vocational Major

The college is excited to offer a new pathway for Year 11 (this year’s Year 10) students within the VCE Certificate in 2023. It has been advertised in the media. The Vocational Major will provide students with a course that is assessed through applied learning. Students will complete Mathematics/Numeracy, Literacy, a Vocational Education & Training Certificate, work placements, Personal Development and Work-Related Skills. Students will not receive an ATAR but will be able to move into employment, apprenticeships or some TAFE courses.

An Information Evening will be run in early term three and Year 10 students and their parents/carers will be notified.

 

Year 10 and 11 Subject Selections for 2023

The Handbooks for each year level/subschool will be available shortly via the college website. During the first few weeks of term three there will be a number of information evenings and subject selection interviews. More information will be forwarded.

 

Best wishes for a safe and relaxing term break.

 

 

 

Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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Well done to all of our Junior Campus students on completing a great first semester. After two years in and out of remote learning, it has been exhausting, yet exciting, to be back on campus for two whole terms. Students have participated largely uninterrupted in a range of traditional Junior Campus rites of passage, including various sports, Monash Tech School, and a range of other activities and incursions. We still have our camps to look forward to in term 4, but for now we are keeping very busy!

Courage and Curiosity

Over the course of this semester, I have been talking to students and staff about the traits of curiosity (year 7) and courage (year 8), as they pertain to effective learning. These characteristics, as well as being proven traits of highly effective learners, embody the attitude that we aim to instil in our young people at the Junior Campus. Our staff take time to nominate each other for curious or courageous acts at our weekly briefing, and our assemblies use these themes to regular challenge students.

I recently posed a challenge to students that when I saw them in the yard or at the school gate, I would ask what they have been doing to show either courage or curiosity. I got some excellent responses:

Courage

  • Trying out for a sports team
  • Auditioning for the production
  • Asking questions in class
  • Answering questions in class
  • Making new friends
  • Taking a school tour
  • Trying a new strategy in a subject
  • Saying ‘I might be way off, but…’

Curiosity

  • Meeting new people
  • Going to a lunchtime activity
  • Trying a new strategy in a subject
  • Asking questions in class
  • Asking ‘What if…?

We are hoping to support students to move beyond a fear of failure, and find safe, low-stakes opportunities to struggle and be challenged in both their learning and extra-curricular activities. We want students taking responsible risks in their learning and stepping outside their comfort zone. I would encourage families to engage in this conversation at home and find ways to be curious and courageous in your everyday lives.

 

 

Mr Matt Sheehan
Campus Principal – Junior School

Head of Middle School’s Report

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Semester 1 Exams

As Semester 1 comes to a close, we would like to congratulate our Year 9 and 10 students for their hard work and persistence through their exams.  Students have demonstrated all the ILEARN school values as they have been dedicated, organized and focused on their goals. Experiencing exams is a vital component of VCE preparation.   Students develop study skills, revision skills and experience the normal reaction of stress and anxiety when they feel nervous.  These are life skills that help our students become resilient young adults.  We wish our students all the very best with their exam results and remind them to use this as a learning opportunity to better develop their skills.

 

Uniform

School uniform assists our students to develop a sense of school pride, dress smartly, become confident and help them to realize that they are all equal in our educational organization.  It also assists our student’s in establishing unity within diversity, students begin to apply their focus on their education as they do not get distracted, and they develop skills in working collaboratively as they develop a sense of belonging to the school community.

As we continue to make the transition back to college norms, we will be returning to the pre-COVID requirements from Semester 2, all students will be expected to wear the correct full school uniform to and from school. They will be expected to change into their correct full Physical Education uniform at school for practical classes and wear their correct full Physical Education uniform to school on the day of a school approved sporting event.

If a student is not wearing the correct full school uniform, they are expected to bring a note from home and get a uniform pass from their sub school when they arrive.  If a student does not have a note from home, they are still expected to get a uniform pass from their sub school when they arrive.

 

Attendance

The Department of Education and Training (DET) requires that children of school age (six to seventeen years) are in full-time attendance at a government or registered non-government school unless formally exempt.

Daily school attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they don’t fall behind both socially and developmentally. Children and young people who regularly attend school and complete Year 12 or an equivalent qualification have better health outcomes, better employment outcomes, and higher incomes across their lives. It is important that children develop habits of regular attendance at an early age.

School participation is important as it maximizes life opportunities for children and young people by providing them with education and support networks. School also helps people to develop important skills, knowledge and values which set them up for further learning and participation in their community.

The college has a required attendance rate. All students in Years 7 to 12 are required to have an attendance rate of at least 90%. Mount Waverley Secondary College will keep a record of the reason given for each absence.  If a student is arriving late to school or leaving early from school, they are to report to their relevant sub-school to sign in or sign out.

 

Year 9 EXPLORE

This week our Year 9’s headed off for a city exploration program.  They have had many amazing and diverse experiences in the city from visiting ACMI and learning about animation to visiting cultural and historical landmarks that makes Melbourne one of the most multicultural cities in the world.  Through the EXPLORE program students have developed the skills of independence, orienteering, navigation, time management and collaboration.  Our students have represented Mount Waverley Secondary College with pride throughout their time in the city.  We have received positive feedback from our Year 9 students, staff that accompanied them and members of the public who have complimented our students on their mature and respectful behavior.  Events such as these require a large amount of planning and behind the scenes work to ensure that they run smoothly.  We would like to sincerely thank Ms Rebecca Kosach – Middle School Leader, Ms Sarah Smith and Mr Wayne Griffin – Year 9 Coordinators, for all their hard work in organizing and implementing this fantastic experience for our students.  We would also like to sincerely thank all the teachers that accompanied our students to the city, without you this experience would not have been possible.

 

Year 9 School for Student Leadership Camp

Mount Waverley Secondary College is very excited to offer select Year 9 students an amazing opportunity for Term 3 this year at the School for Student Leadership Camp, Gnurad-Gundidj Campus. School for Student Leadership is a Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) initiative offering a unique residential education experience for year nine students. The curriculum focuses on personal development and team learning projects sourced from students’ home regions. Their mission is to provide an immersive State-wide residential program for Year 9 Government school students which enables them to grow into better citizens and leaders through increased self-awareness, social engagement, community connection and environmental stewardship.

With limited places available, our year 9 students underwent a rigorous application process, and we would like to congratulate the following students who have been successful in securing a place – Ava N, Anvi R, Senuthmi N, Kimi T, Bobby A, Joshua L, Nathan S, Jimmy B.

We wish our students all the best as they head of to the School for Student Leadership Camp for the entirety of Term 3, we will miss you all immensely, however we know that this experience will be an invaluable one for your future growth and success.  We would also like to thank Mr Bill Thomas for his organization of this experience and ensuring that our students have access to this wonderful opportunity.

 

 

Ms Asha Vazirani
Head of Middle School

Sports News – Junior School Report

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Term 2 certainly finished off with a flurry of activities! On Tuesday 24 May, we sent out our boys Netball team and our girls Football team. Both groups were sensational, but unfortunately were beaten in the final narrowly by Vermont SC.

In the first week of June, over 180 students represented the college in our term 2 round robin sports. The sports on offer were badminton, soccer, netball and AFL. Congratulations to our Year 7 girls soccer team, our Year 8 girls soccer team, our Year 8 boys soccer team, and our Year 8 girls badminton team who all won through to the Regional Finals.  They will compete in term 3 for the right to go through to State finals!

And finally, on Tuesday 14 June, 44 students represented the college in the Regional Cross Country Championships. 5 of our students made it through to the State Championships, with 4 being from Year 8. Congratulations to Noah and Tharul who finished 1st and 2nd in their race, along with Hayden and Aaron who qualified as a part of the team event. Amazing performance!

~ Mr Danny Gwynne, Sports Leader – Junior School
 

Year 8 Boys Badminton

On Friday 3 June,  eight year 8 boys represented the school in the district badminton round robin. The boys “A” won their first two matches against Verrmont SC & Highvale SC but were defeated in the final by Glen Waverley SC.   The “B” team finished top of their group defeating Vermont, Highvale & Glen Waverley.

Well done to all the boys for their exemplary behaviour & fine sportsmanship. The team was: Amav K, Rithila R, Anidhya S, Ian W, King F, Yaj K, Sifat M and Jayden C.  ~  Mr Campbell

 

Year 8 Boys & Girls Soccer

The Year 8 Girls and Boys teams both backed up 2021 District Championships with a series of resounding wins at the 2022 District Competition. The Girls won 3-0, 4-0 and 10-0 while the Boys won 8-0, 13-0 and 3-0. Both teams will now play for the Regional title in early Term 3.  ~ Mr Johnston

 

Career News

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Term 2 has been a busy term for the careers team and in particular Year 10 students, we would like to take this moment to congratulate the students on a job well done. Feedback from employers has been outstanding.

Work Experience

On Monday 30 May, our Year 10 students headed off on their work experience adventure, students attended a diverse range of business’, some students were lucky enough to be offered casual employment within their placement.

The aim of the work experience program is to allow the students the opportunity to;

  • develop employability skills
  • explore possible career options
  • understand employer expectations, and
  • increase their self-understanding, maturity, independence and self-confidence.

Employer feedback indicated that our students ranked exceptionally well in quality of work, communication and interpersonal skills and time management.
We look forward to working with the current Year 9 students later this year in preparation for their 2023 placement.

 

Subject selections 

We are currently preparing for student subject selection and information evenings for 2023.  Keep an eye on your email and remember to diarise the information night dates when they are published.

 

VTAC

VTAC registration opens Monday 1 August, students should be meeting with the careers team to explore their plans for 2023. The Careers team are scheduling appointments with students, however are very happy for students to initiate a meeting via email careers@mwsc.vic.edu.au


Open days

Open days in recent years have migrated to the online environment however this year we have the opportunity to attend open days in person. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to attend and explore the facilities of campus, speak to university staff and students.  For more information click on the below link to access open day information.  https://sites.google.com/mwsc.vic.edu.au/careers/senior-school/vtac-2022

 

 

Ms Joanne Hall
Careers Education Manager

Year 9 Explore Program

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This week our Year 9’s travelled into the city for 3 days to explore our beautiful city, Melbourne. The students were clearly excited to be leaving the school grounds and to be in a different environment with their friends for the week.

During their explore program, students participated in the following:

  • A visit to ACMI ‘The Story of the Moving Image’ Exhibition, a journey through the past, present and future of the moving image through interactive experiences, digital innovation and captivating stories.
  • An Economy tour, exploring the city centre and the economic journey from our traditional owners to colonisation to the gold rush to war and affluence to today’s global economy.
  • A Graffiti tour led by a street artist star which led our students on an educational journey through Melbourne’s laneways.
  • In the Most Liveable City Walk, through storytelling, students realised the strength of diversity in building a healthy city, especially in light of the events of 2020.
  • The Scavenger Hunt involved students solving a number of clues to help them navigate their way around the city.
  • Finally, students participated in some Cultural Discovery activities, where they explored the areas around Lonsdale St, Chinatown and the Statues in and around the State Library

It was clear by the end of each day that the full day of collaborating, wayfinding and stimulation had taken its toll on the students, as they looked extremely tired and happy to get back on the bus. It was wonderful to see all our students eager to participate in the program and have the opportunity to learn more about Melbourne.

Thank you to the coordinators Ms Sarah Smith, Mr Wayne Griffin and the many staff who dedicated the day to supervising and checking in with our students. Thank you to all of our students who behaved responsibly throughout, we hope you learnt plenty and enjoyed your time in the city.  ~ Ms Rebecca Kosach, Middle School Leader

 

 

“On Tuesday, my group learnt about the homeless population, and assumptions that are often made. After having lunch, we explored Chinatown and looked at statues of importance, such as Mathew Flinders, John Batman, Charles Swanston, and Robert Hoddle. While doing this, we answered quizzes that questioned us about what we had learnt. It was truly a fun day.”   ~ Josh L

 

“From the 14th to 16th of June, the year 9 students went to the city for our explore program. We had a good balance of guided tours and self-run activities throughout the 3 days, including a graffiti tour, scavenger hunt, visiting ACMI and an economy tour. It was a great experience, and I learned a lot while also having a lot of fun with my friends.”  ~ Emma G

 

Year 7 German Schultüten

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Year 7 German Schultüten

On Thursday 2 June, the Year 7 German class were very creative and made their own “Schultüten”.   In Germany, children are given a “Schultüte” on their first day of school.   Parents fill “die Schultüte” with sweets, stationary and little gifts.

We made our own “Schultüten” out of card for the base, and used many creative decorations which included pompoms, feathers, glitter, stickers and tissue paper.  Making the “Schultüten” was a very enjoyable experience.

 

Ms Katja Chitters
German Teacher / Deutschlehrerin

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